Bragging rights up for grabs in the Manchester Derby

Callum Bates

Underwhelming Manchester United host rivals and Premier league champions Manchester City this Sunday.

It is a huge test for Erik Ten Hag’s men as they still look to turn their season in around with the upcoming derby this weekend.

The Red Devils will welcome back Kobbie Mainoo and Casemiro back from injury as announced today Aaron Wan-Bissaka has returned to first team training.

Manchester City will only two first team players unavailable, Manuel Akanji will be suspended following his red card against Nottingham Forest and Kevin De Bruyne is still a noticeable injury for Pep Guardiola’s men.

The Citizens are back on track to defend their title after back to back defeats against Wolves and Arsenal but more dropped points would be real concern.

Manchester United who seem one loss away from a mid season crisis, can not afford another hammered as huge questions will be asked about Erik Ten Hag’s credentials.

Last time at Old Trafford in the derby Manchester United beat their rivals 2-1 with a late Marcus Rashford winner back in January.

Also that season Manchester City battered arch rivals 6-3 at the Etihad on their way to a third consecutive Premier league title.

A win for United would make it three wins in consecutive games in the premier league which will move them up in the table.

As for City a win for them will help them to maintain pace with current leaders Tottenham Hotspur.